|Hopeful with siblings before surgery.|
We know you all want to do something and we appreciate your love and support. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please consider donating in Riley's honor to Camp Taylor, which is a free summer camp for children with heart defects and their families. Also, please donate blood, not just now, but again and again. Riley lived as long as he did because of the generous donations of countless, nameless, and selfless individuals. His corneas will be donated to help others.
At some point, there will be a celebration of Riley’s life, and we will post details here. In the meantime, I wanted to share a poem that Riley wrote last month for a class assignment:
By: Riley Norton 9-16-14
Do you know what my favorite color is? Green!
He is: nature; earth’s greatest gift,
the leaves that sometimes drift,
an Exit sign glowing on the wall,
and a brand new tennis ball
My color sounds like the wet grass when you step in it
He tastes like a salad with some vinaigrette
My color feels like a warm, soft pillow
Green is the smell of a tree called a willow
Green looks like a sour apple ripping on a tree
he is someone's favorite color and that someone is me!
IS YOUR COLOR GREEN TOO???
Thank you for loving him, and us, through the years.
Suzanne, Ken, and family
UPDATE: Donate to Camp Taylor in Riley's memory here: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/rileynorton/donate